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good morning. deliberation day. casey anthony's fate expected to be in the hands of the jury as early as this morning after a day of heated closing arguments. we're live at the courthouse as a countdown to the verdict get under way. dirty debate. exxonmobil and the governor is at odds after a ruptured oil pipeline beneath the yellowstone river. the company says no wildlife has been injured, but this morning the pictures appear or reveal a much different story. royal renaissance. prince william and catherine
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attracting huge crowds in canada but the spotlight is brightest on kate's wardrobe. who is helping her pick out those outfits? you may be surprised to find out, today on this monday, july you may be surprised to find out, today on this monday, july 4th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this monday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist. matt and ann have the day off. >> i see we're wearing red, white, and blue. >> very festive. >> we didn't plan it. >> no. no holiday break unfortunately at the casey anthony murder trial. >> after listening to a month of testimony the jury should begin deliberating today. sunday's closing arguments boiled down to two main themes, prosecutors painted casey anthony as a young mother who
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longed to reclaim her care free life, while the defense argued the burden of proof in the case had not been met. we're going to get the latest. also ahead, mother nature has thrown a little bit of everything at us this holiday weekend. the national mall was briefly evacuated last night. strong line of storms battered washington, d.c. this as people dealt with record heat from coast to coast. we'll tell you what you can expect on this 4th coming up. plus, the other royal wedding. prince albert of monaco tieing the knot over the weekend but will it be happily ever after? we're live in monte carlo with all the highlights. but we will begin with the casey anthony trial where the jury is expected to begin deliberations today. nbc's kerry sanders is at the courthouse in orlando for us this morning. kerry, good morning. >> good morning, savannah. prosecutors get the last word. a rebuttal today to the defense's closing argument. and then the jury will get the case for deliberations.
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now, this was all supposed to wrap up yesterday but then there was an unplanned moment that unfolded in full view of the jury. casey anthony is accused of the premeditated murder of her daughter caylee but jose baez and prosecutor jeff ashton, long peppered this trial, exploded. >> he could get up here and lie all he wants and dance around the truth but the truth is the truth and he -- depending on who is asking the questions, whether it's this laughing guy right here or myself. >> order. >> sustained. >> reporter: it topped stopped the trial cold. the jury was ordered out of the room. >> enough is enough. >> reporter: a distracting sideshow in the first degree murder case that the state told jurors it is proven. in their closings with casey anthony looking towards the jurors and the prosecutor, ashton stitched 33 days of evidence into a story, beginning
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with a silent video. >> when you have a child, that child becomes your life. this case is about the clash between that responsibility and the expectations that go with it and the life that casey anthony wanted to have. >> reporter: the life casey wanted ashton said was a life without responsibilities. >> so she has a choice, a life tethered to a child or a life free to be 22. >> reporter: as to the defense claim, caylee accidentally drowned and casey's father george covered it up he said the only way to conclude that was to suspend common sense. >> it is a trip down a rabbit hole into a bizarre world where men who love their
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granddaughters find them drowned and do nothing. >> the greatest crime lab in the country -- >> reporter: in his closing defense attorney jose baez fired back. >> they gave you two weeks of testimony that was completely irrelevant and served only one purpose, and that was to paint casey anthony as a slut, as a party girl, as a girl who lies, and has absolutely nothing to do with how caylee died. >> reporter: baez called the state's evidence of duct tape over caylee's mouth and nose and poisoning by chloroform fantasy forensics. >> cause of death, unknown. and that's where the science ends. that's it. and that's where we are here today, how did caylee die. they want to tell you it's a homicide without telling you how. >> the one thing that the jurors did not hear in the defense's closings was anything about all
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ledged sexual abuse. that's because the judge said when the evidence was presented in court about casey's father and brother allegedly sexually abusing her it was not evidence and could not be included in any sort of wrap-up to the jury here. so, how long will it take the jury now to reach a verdict when they're finally get their instructions and begin deliberations? we don't know, but the one thing we do know is there's no time limit. they can take as much time as they need, savannah, to come back with whatever it is they decide. >> kerry sanders on the case for us in orlando. thank you. all right. now let's get a check on the other stories happening this morning. from amy roback over at the news desk. happy 4th of july. outrage is spilling over in montana, a break in an exxonmobil pipeline has con tanl natded the yellowstone river and put oil executives at odds with the governor. nbc's george lewis is in billings, montana, with the
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latest. good morning. >> good morning. look at this. you pick a bunch of weeds by the river bank and end up with a handful of crude. environmental protection agency has 50 workers on the scene to examine the area effected by the spill. containment booms dock the banks of the yellowstone river in montana, 12-inch mobile pipeline ruptured just before midnight friday. >> we apologize for the inconvenience this incident is causing a people of montana. >> reporter: 150 northeast of yellowstone national park. in a town of laurel, montana, and near the end of the 55-mile pipeline. the water flowing away from yellowstone park carried it past billings. officials restored water to billings early saturday. and exxon officials assessing the spill from the air consists ground crews and park visitors are safe. >> we begin air quality monitoring right after the incident and i want to confirm
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that we have not found any readings that would be of any danger to the public. >> reporter: images of wildlife slicked in oil are prompting some advocacy groups to question federal safety regulations. >> regulators need to be evaluating areas that we can't afford to have spills and creating a level of oversight and safety in those areas. montana governor brian schweitzer disputes the contention that this spill effects only a ten-mile area saying it could extend a whole lot farther. amy? >> george lewis in montana, thank you. developing story off mexico's baja california this morning. it's helping the mexican navy search for six people missing in the sea of cortez. they were aboard a fishing boat that sank in a storm early sunday morning. the coast guard said 27 americans on the 100-foot boat
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are okay but 1 other person is dead. officials believe a fire in new mexico was sparked by a tree falling on to power lines. about 12,000 residents evacuated from the area were allowed to return home on sunday. general david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather from the weather channel's maria la rosa.
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>> here at home, the weather is quiet, at least for now. as we head into the afternoon, a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. otherwise, partly cloudy. willie, back to you.
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>> maria, thanks. new details this morning about the apparent unraveling of the sexual assault case against former imf chief dominick strauss-kahn. this just days after he was suddenly released from house arrest. nbc's jeff rossen is with us with more. jeff, good morning. >> willie, good morning to you. he really hit the town this weekend. literally overnight dominick strauss-kahn went from ankle bracelets to freedom. he can go anywhere he wants in the country but yet he remains in new york near the scene of the alleged crime. this morning we're learning more about the case and hotel made sto maid story. within hours of his release, dominick strauss-kahn flashed a smile and took his wife to dinner. the man who sat in a kril at rikers as an accused sexual predator is out and about. chased by the media through city streets he dined at this exclusive upper east side restaurant, reportedly racking up a $700 tab.
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saturday he reportedly had lunch at the museum of modern art, before returning to his $50,000 a month townhouse. now new details why the case against him may be collapsing. prosecutors say the hotel maid who accused strauss-kahn of sexual assault repeatedly lied. in fact, just after the enkoubtser, according to the "new york times," she called her boyfriend, an alleged drug dealer in prison, telling him, don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. i know what i'm doing. >> it is a fact that the victim here made some mistakes, but that doesn't mean she's not a rape victim. >> reporter: the maid still stands behind her story that strauss-kahn attacked her but in a letter to the defense team prosecutors admit there are holes in her story. for example, she didn't report the attack as soon as it happened, as she first claimed. instead, she proceeded to clean a nearby room and then returned to suite 2806.
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stra strauss-kahn's room. and began to xleen that suite before she reported the incident to her supervisor. they also say she lied about her past, telling investigators as she cried she had been the victim of a gang rape in her native ginny later admitting she made it up and fabricated the details. >> any one lie would cause her credibility to be at issue. the problem is that you have lie after lie and they are not just lies about her past, but they are lies about what happens around this case. it's game over. >> reporter: the da hasn't dropped the charges but experts say it's just a matter of time. >> as with every case, our office's commitment is to the truth and the facts, and that will govern how we proceed. >> before his arrest, dominick strauss-kahn was a strong contender for french president. in a new poll, 49% of voters in france would actually welcome him back to politics. of course, he can't go back there yet until the charges are
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officially charged because the authorities still have his passport. willie, he's back in court later this month. >> amazing twist in that case. jeff, thanks so much. it is now 7:13. >> willie, thanks. lawmakers are gearing up for a busy week ahead in the nation's capital. the senate was supposed to be on break this week, but instead, lawmakers will be back in session to deal with the looming debt crisis. this as republican presidential hopefuls hit the campaign trail over the weekend. kristen welker is at the white house for us this morning. kristen, good morning. >> good morning to you, savannah. while gop candidates were in high gear this holiday weekend and so were some lawmakers talking about the debt ceiling on this sunday talk shows, to name one, senator john cornyn said there might be room to revise the tax code. still, he insisted no new taxes. the president back from a july 4th weekend at camp david and getting ready for fomore firewos on capitol hill.
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senators have given up their holiday week to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling. republicans insisting any agreement cannot include tax increases. >> but the principle of not raising taxes is something that we campaigned on last november, and the results of the election was the american people didn't want their taxes raised. >> reporter: the fiery rhetoric comes after the president last week accused lawmakers of not working hard enough to resolve the issue and arguing any deal should include a repeal of tax breaks for big businesses. >> if everybody else is willing to take on their sacred cows, i think it would be hard for the republicans to stand there and say that the tax break for corporate jets is sufficiently important. >> reporter: republican senator john cornyn fired back. >> what i'm concerned about is the president by not seriously putting a proposal forward but rather just criticizing those who have, will run it up against
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the deadline. >> reporter: meanwhile the people vying for the president's jobber were also hard at work this weekend. former utah governor jon huntsman barn stormed in new hampshire, which hosts the nation's first primary. minnesota representative michele bachmann was out in full force in iowa, six weeks ahead of the state's straw poll. she is running neck and neck with presumed front runner mitt romney, according to a recent state poll, and this weekend she tried to build on that momentum. lesser known candidate businessman herman cain, also tried to shore up support in the hawk why state, stumping at a godfather pizza, the company he used to run. the seoul african-american gop candidate recently released this video touting his tea party credentials. >> i was in a tea party before it was cool. >> reporter: in ohio over the weekend, cain said he's gaining traction. >> if you average out all of the
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polls that i'm in third place behind mitt romney and michele bachmann, and they have twice the name id, i think i have the ball because as my name iid spreads, i have nowhere to go but up. >> even former president bill clinton is weighing in saying he likes jon huntsman. he believes he's authentic. he says mitt romney is much improved from his last run. and he says michele bachmann is a stronger candidate than he thought would be, still, he believes the president will be re-elected. as for the president and lawmakers, they will get back to work on the debt ceiling tomorrow. >> kristen welker at the white house. thank you. republican presidential hopeful hernan cain is with us from philadelphia. thank you for being with us. >> it's my pleasure. thank you. you've been getting momentum was of late. recent iowa poll last week has you third behind mitt romney and
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michele bachmann. what is your message and why is it resonating? >> my message is common sense solutions and problem solving. i spent all of my career as a problem solver in business, and the reason that it's resonating is because the american people are saying, and i've gotten this from all over the country, that they've gotten more solutions rather than creating problems. the fact that i have been a problem solver in business in various different types of businesses, that's resonating with people. they are rejecting the old notion that you must have had held public office in order to do a good job of leading this nation. >> i was going to ask you about that because you said essentially your inexperience, the fact that you have never been elected and never held public office is a plus. my question to you is, if you were still a ceo, still a business, would you hire someone for a key role who had no experience whatsoever in business? >> in business we hire people at a level based upon their experience and based upon their
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qualifications. and then they are able to work their way up and demonstrate their problem solving capabilities. that's what happens in business. if you look at any successful businessperson and any successful business, they learn how to solve problems. work on the right problems, surround yourself with the right people, and then make sure you put together the right plans. that's not happening in washington, d.c. the american people, savannah, they like the idea that i'm a prop solver and not a politicians. >> you have acknowledged that you have no foreign policy experience. and, in fact, you've minimize the importance of it saying it's something you can learn about later or you will just lrn to experts. at a time this country is in two wars, is that sufficient? >> i wouldn't say that's sufficient. and i want to make one correction. i'm not waiting until i get elected. i'm already talking to national security people, former intelligence people, talking to former generals and people in the military to begin to develop ideas about how i would deal with those crises that we're in. so, no, i'm not minimizing that.
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but here's one thing. you don't need foreign policy experience to know who your friends are and who your enemies are and you don't need foreign policy experience to know that you don't tell your enemy what your next move is. so i'm not minimizing it. i'm already working on getting up to speed on that topic. >> come of the statements you've made have been controversial. i want to ask you something. you said the liberal establishment is scared, that, quote, a real black man might run against president obama. what did you mean by that? >> what i meant by that in the role of a martin luther king jr., a real black man that can be decisive, leadership experience, a real black man that understands how to address the right problems, and a real black man that understands that the business sector is the engine to growing this economy. right now we do not have that leadership in the white house. >> herman cain, we've got to leave it there. it's good to have you was today, thank you. savannah, thank you.
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monaco has a new princess today after a nearly a 30 -year wait. she tied the knot with prince albert in a weekend of lavish events. we find her on this 4th of july. good morning. >> hi, willie. in a place like monaco, no surprise this was a gorgeous royal wedding. for some though the only surprise was that it happened and that all these reports that the bride charlene had made a run for the airport a week earlier caused such scrutiny on this couple on their wedding day, they're subject to openly wondering is this real love or just a fairy tale? ♪ even before it started, this was glamour. where else would you gather crowned heads of europe, fashion kings, supermodels, and james bond? filling the palace courtyard. royal wedding in monaco style.
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all pastels and lace, little girls in very fancy dress, words of love in french. prince albert marrying for the first time at 53, and then came the bride. charlene did not run away, but dazzled. armani, a gown that took 2500 hours to make. embellished with 40,000 swa ross ski crystals we minding many here of albert's mother princess grace, 55 years ago capturing everyone's hearts. for the new highness princess charlene, on her day there was concern. watching their faces closely. is this the look of happiness, of true love? when will they smile or look at each other or touch? one blink and one might miss their kisses. it has been a tough few weeks in
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a place that looks like a fairytale, printed rumors from a woman who claimed to have a child with prince alberto police taking her passport so she couldn't leave. the palace has denied it though a friend of the couple concedes there was an argument and she needed a break. she returned and, after the service, cried. >> you know, rumors are not -- it's nothing information. and they showed that their love was much stronger. >> reporter: lasting love has not come easy to them. princess grace's three children have had turbulent lives. prince albert known for his bachelor days and the two children he eventually acknowledged. monaco so wants this marriage to survive. >> everything is spoken and cleared. we will see. >> reporter: but the prince and princess making their royal fairytale happily ever after come true begins now.
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the hope, of course, is that these rumors do not come true, but maybe we ought to stick around and get to the bottom of it even if it takes weeks, months. willie? >> you're good, michelle. we're happy to be in the united states for the 4th of july but monte carlo looks pretty darn good. coming up, william and catherine's canadian tour. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a two- alarm fire in sparrows point.
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crews were called just before 4:00 sunday morning. they were met with heavy flames from the single-family home. most of the damage was confined to the rear of the home and everyone made it out safely. meanwhile, a man is recovering after being shot several times in a late-night shooting in northeast baltimore. investigators believe the 27-year-old victim was shot before midnight. the dunman remains at large. anyone with information is asked to call baltimore city police. meanwhile, city police are looking for whoever shot a man in east baltimore. we are told the man was walking in the 1600 block of asquith street endicott 30 saturday morning when someone shot him in the head. the victim is listed in stable condition. there is no word on a possible motive. let's get a check on the for the july weather forecast. here is tony pann. >> we had pick thunderstorms
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around last night, mostly south of baltimore. things are quiet at the present time. it is dry right now. 73 at the airport, at 69 in parkton. mixture of sunshine and clouds. there is a chance for a few scattered thunderstorms late this afternoon and even this evening. some fireworks displays to be put on hold. i doubt anything will be cancelled. we get rid of the humidity tomorrow. high-temperature 89. >> we are back at 7:55 with another live update.
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♪ 7:30 now on this monday morning, july 4th, 2011. it is independence day. you're looking at one of the symbols of america, the washington monument, down in d.c. meanwhile, out on the plaza our crowd in the celebratory mood. many of them probably in town for the fireworks display tonight. we'll get a sneak peek at that. inside studio 1-a i'm willie geist along site savannah guthrie. just ahead, much more from the casey anthony trial. >> big day. as we mentioned the case is heading to the jury today. so did the prosecution meet its burden of proof?
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will jurors buy the accidental drowning defense? we're going to talk about that with a legal expert who has watched this trial every step of the way. also ahead, prince william and catherine's road trip to north america. it's led to a bit of royal renaissance north of the border and kate has not disappointed. with more wardrobe changes than a lady gaga concert, we're live on the latest stop on their tour coming up. but we'll begin in florida where it is no holiday for jurors of the casey anthony murder trial. nbc's kerry sanders is at the courthouse in orlando again for us this morning. ker kerry, good morning. prosecutors still get the last word. >> they do, indeed, savannah. they also got the first word yesterday in closing arguments. prosecutor jeff ashton telling the jury that casey anthony murdered her daughter caylee because she was making a choice. the life of a responsibility mother or living the care free life of a party girl. he said that she chose the
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latter and said the reason that he murdered -- the reason she murdered her daughter was because that her daughter, at almost 3 years old, was beginning to verbalize, to talk, and would eventually reveal casey's secrets. now, the defense attorney jose baez said that there was no murder. and then he then went on to say how was caylee murdered, where was she murdered, who murdered her? and he reminded the jury that the medical examiner's conclusion was this was a homicide by undetermined means. casey's reaction in the courtroom, she at times was starie ing staring, at other times looking down, at other times went. the one thing that i noticed as i was looking at the jurors in the courtroom is when jose baez, the defense attorney, was giving his closing arguments, all the jurors were looking directly at him. but when the prosecutor, jeff
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ashton, was giving his closing argument, one juror, juror number five, a woman in her 60s, a woman with three children, sat there with a pen in her hand at times tapping it on her knee and her thigh, never making eye contact with the prosecutor. >> kerry sanders watching the jury in this explosive case in orlando. thank you. what can we expect as the jurors begin deliberating. beth karas is correspondent for "in session" on trutv. good morning. good to see you. >> good morning. good to see you, too, savannah. >> the first closing argument we heard from the prosecution, we know they get another crack at it this morning, was notable not just for what the prosecutor said but what he didn't say. he didn't mention those computer searches that they say casey anthony did searching for chloroform. he didn't play any audio of the lies we know she's told. we didn't see those pictures of her partying while her daughter was missing. why do you think that is? were you surprised by that?
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>> well, not really. jeff ashton streamlined the case and told the story. he told a very compelling story. then after the defense spoke yesterday, as you mentioned earlier, the state gets another crack at it. that's when i expect we will hear about all these things you just listed. they wanted to hear first how the defense was going to deal with it and then they'll come back and rebut it. so i do believe we'll hear about the chloroform searches and other aspects of the state's proof. >> the defense really zeroed in on the fundamental weakness in the prosecution case, which is that no prosecution witness can state with certainty how this child died. does that amount to reasonable doubt for jurors? >> no, not really. just because a cause of death isn't known doesn't mean it's an unprovable case. scott peterson is on death row in california and it was never determined exactly how his wife
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laci and unborn child conner died. there's enough evidence for each side to argue how it happened. the state in peterson argued it and in other cases and here the state argued, you know what, the duct tape, the chloroform, in all likelihood that's how she died. give the jury something they can really sink their teeth into. even though a medical examiner cannot be certain. >> the defense was not able to make arguments about all ledged sexual molestation. do you think jurors will hold that against the defense, eventually failing to deliver on this key promise? >> they may. so jurors for the most part, they follow the rules. they do the right thing. however, by saying that in his
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opening, jose baez planted a seed that may resonate with some jurors. and he still was able to talk about his function in the anthony family. so some juror, even though they're not supposed to consider it, may still do so. >> extraordinary moment inside that courtroom yesterday when the prosecutor listening to the defense attorney appeared to smirk, smile, suppress a laugh bs and the defense attorney pointed it out. the judge called him the side bar. beth, you have covered so many trials. have you ever seen anything like this? do you think it is a problem for both attorneys to let this personal animosity be shown and really come before the jurors? >> it's not good to let the animosity be shown, is a zahnia. but the jurors know that these are two adversaries taking positions and battling it out in the courtroom. so i don't know that it's going to be held against one side or the other by the jury. but it is true that judge found that each of them had violated his courtroom decorum order.
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this judge is very strict about that. he did not hold them in contempt. and mr. baez actually got up and said he didn't want to see ashton held in contempt. it's been a hard fought battle. they've been going at it for three years. it is true that ashton makes a lot of expressions and he tried to hide it but putting his hand over his mouth, but baez caught him and referred to that laughing man over there. >> no poker faces inside that courtroom. quickly, beth, so people have an idea of how complicated the task before this jury is. seven-count indictment but you also have them considering lesser charges than first degree murder. the verdict form must be quite lengthy here. >> oh, yes, i was in the courtroom until 8:00 last night, savannah, listening to that charge so i could understand it. but they are going to consider second degree murder, manslaughter, third degree. premeditated and felony murder.
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they don't even have to agree on which one it is. and then there are six other kour counts. it is complicated. it will probably take them today and at least tomorrow for a verdict. >> beth karas, great to have you with us. thank you. now let's get a check of the weather. maria, good morning. >> good morning, savannah. we have a wonderfully patriotic crowd from all over the weekend. >> where are you from? >> etowah, tennessee. >> it feels like tennessee right now. warm and sticky and humid. temperatures in the upper 80s here in the northeast. across the south. 90s continue. pockets in the 100 and southern plains. typical july at that with lots of humidity. taking a look at the forecast for the rest of the 4th of july. thunderstorms through the tennessee valley and southeast. slight risk of severe weather but
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>> we do expect scattered thunderstorms to develop late in the day. until that time, it is going to be dry. make this happen in you can always check your forecast 24/7 at savannah, back to you. coming up next, catherine takes canada by to remember. we'll be live with the latest.
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back now, 7:42, with the latest stop on william and catherine's first official overseas trip as a married couple. they've got a few more places to see in canada before they head to california at the end of the week. nbc's special correspondent ben fogel is traveling with the couple. ben, good morning. >> good morning, willie. happy july 4th, everyone. well, it was a weekend of duty, patriotism and glamour for william and kate here in canada. kate continues to wow the crowds with her fashion accessibility and their arrival here on prince edward island tops off a whirlwind of activities that began in english speaking tour and ended in the french canadian provinces. canadians are going wild for the royal couple. prince william and princess catherine continue to draw massive crowds everywhere they go. kate's fashion style is on full display at each stop. the duchess dazzled in a cobalt
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blue dress by canadi naadian de at the interfaith church service aboard the "montreal" sunday morning. prayers were said for the members of the armed forces. they also visited a local youth center to take part in a magic show. it was one of many fetching frocks that sent onlookers throughout the world into a frenzy over the weekend. on friday, hundreds of thousands turned out or canada day celebrations in ottawa to see prince william and for many, more importantly, kate, who wore white with a red maple leaf hat, adding to the canadian patriotism. kate once again showed off her fashion accessibility with this dress, affordable one she famously wore for her engagement photo. later, the duchess radiated in a regal purple dress at evening
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celebrations. weekend stops in french canada included montreal and quebec city. here's some theater repeat of the reception received by prince charles two years ago. from violent anti-monday or i can protesters. the protest was smaller than many expected. outside this children's hospital, royal admirers lined up hours in advance for a glimpse of the glamorous couple. >> have more of a common touch as william's mom did. >> they're warm. they make us feel good. >> reporter: late saturday at a culinary academy in montreal, william and kate gave cooking a try. only kate could turn a kitchen into a catwalk. sunday evening william and kate arrived in canada's smallest province, prince edward island, known for its beaches and its seafood. observers say canada is experiencing a royal
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renaissance. >> there's no doubt that william and kate certainly lifted everything about the monarchy. she's a stunning girl and with william you have that factor, too. >> reporter: well, they're halfway through their canadian tour now. by the end of this week, of course, they will be heading south to the united states where they begin their california leg, hoping to wow america. maybe independence day but you can't get rid of us britts that easily. willie? >> we wouldn't try. a lot of people in los angeles waiting to meet the royals. for more on william and catherine's so-called honeymoon tour, the royal editor for the "sunday express." camilla, good morning to you. >> good morning to you. happy independence day. >> thank you. i think i know the answer to this question based on the pictures we just saw but how are the royals being received there
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in canada? >> with open arms, willie. really, they couldn't have had a better welcome here. kate particularly has gone down a storm. the outfits, in particular that special canada outfit she wore with the maple leaf hat. the crowds here loved that. at the end of the day all eyes have been on kate more than william. i think he's happy about that because it is her debut tour after all. >> you look at some of the photos since you mentioned the wardrobe and this video we're looking at now and you're amazed by the sheer number of wardrobe changes that catherine has made on this trip. who is dressing her along the way there? >> well, she says no one. she doesn't have a stylist. she's had some advice back at home on the outfits that she should take. actually it's been quite easy for kate on this tour because she's only had to wear dresses. it's been so warm she's ended up looking modern and fresh and bright because she's just come out in dresses ees and heels.
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she's really pulled a blinder on that one. wardrobewise, she's not got a stylist. the only person here for her image is a hairdresser. >> i want to ask you, camilla, at home we know the paparazzi chases william and kate quite regularly. what's it like when they travel over seas? are they sounded by press in the same way they are in great britain? >> well, they're not hounded in their private time, but there are a lot of camera clicks as they go around their daily business. the photographers here are as numerous as the journalists. actually kate said last night at the media reception it was a refreshing change to be walking around and having a chat without having lots of flash bulbs going off in her face. that's par for the course. she knows for these ten days she is very much public property and the press wants her every second of the tour. >> people just can't seem to get enough of them. thank you so much. as you said, happy independence day. i didn't know whether to say that the you.
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>> now, that's fine. re when in rome. if you want to relive the royal wednesdaying, we have the entire event. for details go to our website
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. here's a look at a couple of our top stories. preparations are underway for the big fireworks display at the inner harbor tonight. crews were hard work over the weekend. they are going to make this the best it fourth of july celebration ever, and they say. at showtime, 1400 shells will be fired into the air. the display is scheduled to start tonight at 9:30. still no word on what caused a two-alarm house fire in
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baltimore county. crews were called to sparrows point road just before 4:00 sunday morning. they met with heavy flames shooting from the single-family home. most of the damage was confined to the rear of the home and everyone was able to make it out safely. let's check on the fourth of july forecast with tony pann. >> we had it thunderstorms last night in some areas. things have settled down now. most of the morning and afternoon will be fine. 76 at the airport, 69 in parkton, 71 in jarrettsville. a little bit on the humid side. chance for thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. most of the fireworks displays start between 9:00 and 10:00. forecast temperature at that time is about 80 degrees. we have to but the chance for a shower or thunderstorm in the forecast. some of fireworks displays could be delayed a little bit. i doubt they will be cancelled.
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scattered showers and thunder storms possible late wednesday to thursday. >> we are back in 25 minutes with another live a bit. with another live a bit.
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8:00 now on this monday morning, july 4th, 2011. we have beautiful weather to start the holiday here in new york. a big crowd for this holiday on the plaza. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie alongside willie geist while matt and ann enjoy the day off. coming up, one of the most important 4th of july celebrations. >> absolutely. we're going to head to the famed home of thomas jefferson, meet some of the men and women who are about to become the newest americans. we'll put you to the test. to see if you can answer some of the questions they face on the
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citizenship test. ready? >> no. it's not that easy. we'll get into that. a little bit of studying. preparation is key. also, another big celebration tonight. the big macy's spectacular 4th of july fireworks special right here on nbc. beyonce is going to play. country music star brad paisley. we'll catch up with this year's host nick lachey. plus, the story of a army major who went to bat for a young boy he met in afghanistan. but first, let's get a check of the morning's other top stories with natalie off and amy roback is here. >> there is no holiday for the senate today as lawmakers discuss a deal to raise the nation's $14 trillion debt limit. republican leaders say they might eliminate some tax breaks provided there is no overall increase in taxes. new york prosecutor mace have to abandon their case
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against dominique strauss-kahn now that the woman has a history of lying. prosecutors aren't saying what their next move will be but the former head of the international monetary fund has been released from house arrest and due back in court july 18th. dozens of environmental protection agency workers are cleaning up an oil spill in the yellowstone river in southern montana. 12-inch exxonmobil pipeline rupp choord friday sending tens of thousands of gallons of oil gushing into that waterway. prosecutors getting the final word today before jury deliberation on casey anthony's fate. the jury will consider first degree murder charges against the florida mother in the death of her 2-year-old daughter more than 3 years ago. and now for a look at what's trending today our quick round-up of what has you talking online. people are searching the tragically ironic story of a helmetless meyer cyclists who died while protesting new york state's helmet law. he crashed sunday fatally hits
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his head on a road in upstate new york. police say a helmet would have saved his life. knohis revelry has facebook fans scratching their heads. 24-year-old serb celebrated sunday by eating a tuft of grass from center court. then all over the web americans are wishing each other a happy 4th of july. in fact, thousands are already camped out for tonight's festivities near the washington monument. president obama welcomes military families at a picnic at the white house. for the first time in 96th year history women will have their own competition at nathan's annual hot dog eating contest on coney island. it is now 8:03. back to savannah and willie. >> actually have a contestant in the hot dog eating contest right there. >> he's been fasting for two days. >> he's in the contest. >> he's in the contest. he's going to take down joey
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chestnut on coney island. >> he came here first. with al gone, with weather with maria la rosa. >> happy 4th of july. we've got shelly, the wife of the band leader. does this ever get old hearing that beautiful band playing that patriotic music? >> absolutely not. what a privilege. >> we have our pick city today which happens to be in montgomery, alabama, looking at a 4th of july with a few fireworks from mother in nature. we have showers in the ohio valley and clouds. clear right now in the southeast and the southwest. that will change though later on this afternoon. shower and thunderstorms possible in both of those areas. >> we will start out with dry conditions this holiday. as we get into the late afternoon and evening hours, there is a chance we could see a few scattered showers and
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how about a whole group of new citizens and maybe an xbox. here in month chin monticello t citizens are drawing thousands of people in from around the world. in order to fully understand american history 101 you have to go back through american history 235, as in 235 years ago. that's when the declaration of independence was adopted. it broke great britain's rule, and it set the stage for what would eventually would become our 50-state nation. and speaking of that declaration, of the 56 signatures, the guy who wrote the bulk of it, thomas jefferson. he lived here on a sprawling 5,000-acre property called monticel monticello. what was once his home is today a year-round museum. >> after jefferson retires, he's popular. >> reporter: andy marshal is a tour guide here. he first visited the property when he was 7, clearly something stuck. >> jefferson is a guy who starts
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off -- >> reporter: to say he's a fan of our nation's president would be an understatement. have you memorized the declaration of independence? >> when in the course of human events it becomes necessary to -- i'm kidding. that's a little obscure. >> reporter: i think he called my bluff. but one day a year monticello is more than a museum. on july 4th it becomes a symbol of american citizenship when it serves as backdrop to the most prideful swearing in ceremony in the country. how symbolic is it to the naturalized here in monticello? think of it this way, it's a difference of getting married in a courthouse and at a grand cathedral. lottie karr was born and raised in czech. she grew up poor with few opportunities. all she ever wanted was with chance so she packed up her life and moved to america for one reason. >> you know, this is a great
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country and this is what freedom is. >> reporter: it took ten years for her to become an american citizen, as she puts it, it was one of the most accomplished things she's ever done in her life. >> this is me. this is me, a girl from a little village in czech republic, and now i'm here and i am a citizen. >> reporter: so how has lottie's life changed? well, for one thing, she can vote. she can also serve on a jury. but the big one? she can now brag to people that she's an american citizen. the mendoza family has waited a long time after safely making it out of salvia dovl salvador, th two kids in school and a steady income, the last step is becoming a citizen today. >> i have come to appreciate the life that my parents have given me and it means a lot to me that they have spared me from having
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to live the life they lived. >> reporter: it's been a long road for this family, from the move up to america through the application process, right up to the the challenging naturalization test. >> we are very thankful that we came this far. >> reporter: a dream punctuated at this historic site on this historic day. and as the mendoza family, like everyone else celebrating here today, heads off to enjoy their 4th of july festivities, they'll do so for the first time as american citizens. so we are just a few minutes away from the start of the naturalization ceremony. the seats are filling up behind me. there's one empty seat right now, jenny mendoza is going to be there. jenny, i can only imagine as you get ready to take this oath of citizenship, you must be feeling what? what, nerves, excitement? how do you feel right now? >> i am very excited and nervous as well. but happy to be here. >> happy to be here.
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and happy to know that when you leave you will be -- >> a u.s. citizen. >> we thank you so much. all the best. we don't want to take you away from your seat. we're excited for you. congratulations. >> thank you. >> so, willie and savannah, we mentioned in the piece that the naturalization test, the citizenship test, is kind of challenging. i have a few questions here that i would like to send your way. >> savannah is our spokesman, by the way. please just direct them right at her. >> we're going to start with the hard ones. i want to start with the tough ones. you've got to pass this test. this is on the test. when do we celebrate independence day? >> i got that one. >> willie, do you want to take this one? >> yep, july 4th. >> you know what, he waits for it to slide across the screen. go ahead, jenna. >> nice, guys. i'm celebrating right now. you got that one right. where is the statue of liberty. >> it's right off of new york city, it's right -- right around here. >> new york harbor. >> yeah. >> liberty island.
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>> yep. savannah, you probably know this and you should, you are a resident attorney. willie, how many amendments does the constitution have? and for what it's worth, i didn't know these. >> sadly i know this. >> how many? >> 27? >> that is so sad, willie. so sad. >> can i just show you something, jenna? >> it's a little document called the answers to the citizenship test. >> you're not going to turn this on me. you came with this document. >> willie, i can't believe you cheated. >> you guys printed out the answers to the citizenship test? i flew down here just for this. >> no. >> i guess you know who was the president during world war i, you probably know that one? >> woodrow wilson. >> who doesn't know that. woodrow wilson. >> do you know who the president -- do you know who the president was during the reaganreagan era? >> do you know what time the 9:00 bus leaves? okay. good. yes. good one. >> i'm on it. so thanks, you guys. >> jenna, great story.
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suffering from a rare and life-threat bing birth defect. that boy captured the major's attention and heart. now with the help of doctors and a host family in new jersey, he's thriving and teaching us a few things along the way. at the family home in new jersey, he's like any other 7-year-old playing in the backyard. but a faw months ago this young boy from afghanistan couldn't have imagined running around like most kids his age. >> he couldn't do anything six months ago but hold his bladder and walk withholding his bladder to protect it. >> reporter: he suffer fred a life-threatening birth defect born with his bladder on the outside of his body. he traveled here last fall for a series of corrective operations and is staying with the h hoplinger family but he's ready to return. it was the help of a army may jo who made it all possible. he met him in africa last year
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when his mom desperately reached out for help. >> i stopped and saw muslim, his mom exposed him to me, and she was just distraught with hopelessness. >> reporter: he was part of a civil affairs battalion helping afghans drill wells and rebuild their villages. he even established a boy scout troop in the region. but it was that chance encounter with muslim and his mom that moved him beyond the call of duty. >> it's not something i was trained for. it was part of my mission, to be able to provide and conduct humanitarian assistance. >> reporter: unable to find doctors overseas, he found help in his own backyard, his home state of new jersey at st. barnabas medical center. healing the children, he melt him. one of the few doctors word wide specializing in this rare surgery. >> the fact that you don't get too many boys his age, babies in
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the first 48 hours of life. you don't get the personality change in front of you, but this kid, you can see his self-esteem and his personality is becoming more and more. >> reporter: with the new lease on life, muslim now attends school and is learning english. >> that's my friend's house, too. >> he didn't speak one word of english, not one single word of english when he arrived. >> are you having chick snn. >> yeah. >> reporter: embracing, too, his american family. his ability to adapt so quickly here in the u.s. and bond with his u.s. family is bittersweet. that's because it will be all more difficult to say good-bye when it's time to make the journey home. >> i think we were both meant to be because i would never let anything ever happen -- i just wouldn't let anything harm him. i just tell him he was lucky to come to us and we were lucky to have him. >> reporter: he plans to reunite him with his family later this year. as for his future, this soldier has high hopes for the bright
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boy who tugs at his heart. >> he's an amazing little boy. he's not a typical of any other child in the world. i think with a little love and a little attention, children can really produce. he is going to go home as producer. >> reporter: until then, being a kid is good enough. all the medical and living expenses for muslim is covered through donations and providing by healing the children. they have also all donated their time and cost to give this little boy a new lease on life. savannah? >> michelle, great story, thank you. it's now 8:23. here's willie. >> savannah, thank you. now, let's swing on down to washington, d.c. and check in with mr. willard scott on this 4th of july. hello, willard. >> happy birthday, america. what a country. what a country. and burbank, california, the town johnny carson helped make famous. bob's big boy. oh, my gosh, we love them.
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100 years old today. great farming community in the beginning and now the media center of the world. nbc's fam bloubulous studios ar there. happy birthday, burbank. you're the best. and take a look if you will as the jam jar spins about. as we have margaret dunning, 101. she's a car buff, not only does she like to keep her car clean she does all the mechanical work. she is a whiz. happy birthday. and elwyn jackson of salem, oreg oregon, 100 years old, navy man, report for duty, sir. we wish you a happy birthday. if you listen to this, please, we have marcus linse. marcus is from marion, iowa. 100 today. and lives independently and still drives his own vehicle. there you go. you can't beat that.
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and helen mcauliffe from beautiful north verne northern, indiana. loves to get all of her hair done and gets it done every week. she is a beautiful lady. and selma pensky of hollywood, florida, is 100 years old today. big sports fan. loves the miami heat. nothing but good times. william doppenberg, orange city, io iowa. married to his beautiful wife for 73 years. how about that? that's all from your beautiful nation's capital. up next, delicious desserts from your independence day party.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is a wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson and. is still no word on what caused a two-alarm house fire. crews were called to the scene is b -- before 4:00 sunday morning. most of the damage was confined to the rear of the home. we are told everyone made it out safely. of all the barman is recovering after being shot several times at -- a baltimore man is recovering after being shot several times and in northeast baltimore. he was shot just before
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midnight. police are searching for the suspect. anyone with information is asked to call baltimore city police. now let's get it 8 check on the fourth of july forecast. >> last night we had big storms. things have quieted down now. it will stay that way for most of the day. we will see scattered thunderstorms redevelop. until then, a mixture of sunshine and clouds. you'll notice the humidity when you step outside. most of the fireworks displays take place between 9:00 and 10:00. it looks like we will put a 40% chance in for a shower or thunderstorm at the time. temperatures around 80 degrees. some displays might be delayed. i doubt there will be cancellations. maybe a brief delay as a couple of these showers to fund by. not everybody is going to see that. 60% chance you want. tomorrow, humidity goes down. high-temperature near 89. it scattered showers and other
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storms back in the forecast late wednesday to thursday. we should clear up going into the weekend. we expect high temperatures in the low 90s on sunday. >> back here in 25 minutes.
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knchts 8:30 now on this monday morning, the 4th of july, 2011. listening to the patriotic music of the united states air force ceremonial brass. starting our celebration of the nation's 235th birthday outside on the plaza. i'm withly geist along with savannah guthrie and amy robach. just ahead we're going to have a complete holiday guide. >> we've got the music. but what would 4th of july be without fireworks? tonight is the macy's 4th of july spectacular. in a few minutes a preview of this year's host nick lachey is in the studio live. >> we can agree no party is complete without desserts so we're going to get tasty all-american ideas even if you've waited for the very last minute to plan your party. >> first, say a quick hello to the united states air force ceremonial brass.
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the colonel and their conductor. good morning to you. happy 4th of july, sir. >> happy 4th to you as well. >> tell us about the role of the brass band on the 4th of july holiday. where all will you be today? >> we're going to be here first to start it off. i couldn't think of a better place to start this wonderful mark in our nation's history. later today we will be down in washington, d.c. come with us. three performances on the mall at the air force memorial and the capital steps and down by the washington monument. >> you say your mission is to inspire. what is it about this music that gets people so excites? >> our mission is three fold. it's to honor those who have served in uniform, to inspire all of our citizens to a heightened sense of patriotism in uniform. and also to impact, positively impact the global community for the united states of america. >> how does your band support the role of the military? >> we are all over the world encouraging our troops every day. in fact, this is a reflection of
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the excellence that that goes on every day with our troops. those who are stationed far away in harm's way, often in dangerous conditions. we want to be sure that the folks in this country will always remember them, the job they're doing, and they can count on them to do it with excellence and with precision. >> you've been doing excellence and precision out on the plaza all morning. we would like to invite you to take us out with another song. >> we will, "america the beautiful." >> thank you so much. >> you, as well. ♪
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>> all right. sounds a little extra beautiful on the 4th of july, doesn't it? colonel, thank you so much. united states air force ceremonial brass. now for a check on the weather we turn to maria. >> a little humid >> we do expect scattered thunderstorms to develop late in the day. until that time, it is going to be dry. make this happen in
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willie, send it back to you. >> thanks. coming up next on "today," nick lachey hosting the macy's 4th of july fireworks spectacular tonight. but first, this is "today."
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back now at 8:38 on this 4th of july morning with an independence day tradition, the macy's 4th of july fireworks spectacular will light up the new york city skyline tonight with a line-up of performances. if you can't see it in person, watch it here on nbc. nick lachey is this year's host. you're up early. you're going to be up late. >> it's going to be a busy day, but it's going to be a great day. 4th of july tradition. i'm very honored that they asked
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me to be the host this year. >> you have great musical performances. you have country singer brad paisley, beyonce is going to be singing. you performed at this. >> i did. >> is it nerve-racking? >> i think any time you perform on a national scale like this on a 4th of july there's a little extra pressure there but it's a lot of fun. the crowd is great. everyone is having a great time. great atmosphere. >> you're looking forward to brad paisley and beyonce, i'm sure. >> two of the biggest names in music so it's great that they're a part of this as well. paying tribute to a couple of great anniversaries. 125th anniversary of the statue of liberty as well as ten-year anniversary of 9/11 which changed the landscape of our country and one we want to reverently pay tribute to as well. >> indeed. this is a live show. no retakes. not to make you nervous or anything, have you been practicing your oohs and aahs for the fireworks? >> ring the fireworks is the easy part. i can sit back and enjoy those. it's fun.
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i enjoy doing live tv. there's always a little adrenaline rush when you do that. >> i have to ask you about your p project "the singoff." it's been such a success going to have a full season this fall. what are you looking forward to? >> we were so pleasantly surprised to hear we got pick up for a full season. it's our little baby. each year expanded a little more. this year with a full 11 or 12 episode season. tribute to the fans who supported the show. we're cited to get back and do it again. >> you have the acappella singers. >> that's one thing is that you can't deny the true talent of these singers, no instrumentation, no backing vocals. you have to respect the amount of talent it takes to pull that off. >> you have a big wedding coming up. >> is that right? >> yeah. have you heard? i just heard you tweeted about it. the wedding is getting expensive. it's a good thing she is worth
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it. >> i tweeted it a month ago. you should see the bill since then. no, it's the one day you can justify spending a good deal of money on. you want to look back and know you did it the right way. >> you're going to let the television camera? >> we are. one-time special. not a return to reality tv. i had to squash that rumor. a great way to get a fantastic wedding video out of it attend. it's going to be great. we'll share it with the fans. >> cutting costs. >> that's right. this ties into the whole twitter thing. >> i'm on to you. nick lachey, we'll watch you tonight. reminder, you can catch macy's 4th of july fireworks spectacular tonight 9:00, 8:00 central right here on nbc. still ahead, all american desserts for your independence day party. ring ring progresso
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university of phoenix because we believe an educated world is a better world. >> back now at 8:43. this morning on education nation today, a young man's story that says so much about our american ideals. he fled war-torn sudan with nothing but the clothes on his back. now he stands tall with an ivy league diploma. here's "today's" correspondent jenna bush haguer. >> when you walk barefoot across the sahara, his feet grows so hard that no sharp object could defeat it. >> reporter: his story is an unlikely one. a young determined boy who dared to dream big. >> it feels good. >> reporter: morris is a graduate of columbia university and a refugee from sudan. he was born during the civil war that turned children into soldiers. 2 million people were killed. another 4 million displaced. morris and his family were
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forced to flee their homeland. when you were 5 your mom took you and six of your brothers and sisters on what is one of the most dangerous treks in the world. >> yes. >> can you tell me a little bit about that? >> i remember mostly was just us moving, running at night to a different trek or so, transportation tracks, that were going back and forth from kenya to sudan. >> reporter: they traveled for weeks through the desert finally reaching safety at a kenyan refugee camp. >> you are living with people who escaped harsh living and working conditions. you don't really see a lot going anywhere. they don't see anything else but just hope fading away in a sense. >> reporter: but morris did find hope. at 16 he was lucky enough to be sent to america by a catholic charity, starting a new life with carol's foster family in a place very different from home, syracuse, new york. >> carrying this little tiny backpack. i thought, my goodness, where are their suitcases or their clothes. come to find out, they had the
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clothes on their back, so that's all they came with. >> reporter: morris embraced the challenge of his new life. what was it like being 16 years old, stepping off the plane to a totally different country and culture? >> it was tough. in kenya i could actually still relate to people, but the united states was a different world. >> reporter: he studied hard to catch up with his new classmates, spending nights, weekends, and summers taking extra classes. he graduated third in his class and earned a full scholarship to columbia university. and what about learning english? you're pretty fluent and perfect now. >> i wouldn't say that. it took a lot of practice. i watched a lot of shows like "seinfeld." >> "seinfeld"? >> yes, i watched that, too. >> you can thank jerry seinfeld if your english. he thrived in columbia where he majored in bio engineering finding another home in the school's lab. >> great work, both in his
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classes, which has been really challenging, as well as research projects, knowing what he's actually had to overcome makes it really that much more of an aspiring story. >> reporter: morris hasn't seen his mom and siblings in nine years. phone calls to kenya rarely go through. and now you talk to your mom on the telephone as often as possible? >> yes. sometimes phone calls just end up being only just crying all through, but when i'm on the phone with her i feel like i'm in a different world. you know, i have that connection with her. >> reporter: he later reached his mom to tell her about a very special day and a very special diploma. and morris' big plans for medical school and a return one day to africa. what was going through your mind when you walked across that stage? >> a lot of things crossed my mind. i felt like i was working with a lot of people, i felt like i was walking with me friend, my mom, my brothers and sisters. it was one of the happiest moments in my life. >> reporter: one man living for
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those he's left behind. his strength and his words from a childhood poem. >> his feet grow so hard that no sharp object could defeat it. no soft sand can fry. no phones can penetrate it. when he makes a move, it's so harsh but so humble that you can breathe the air of braveness. >> reporter: for "today," jenna bush hager, nbc news, new york. >> jenna, thanks for that terrific story. up next, quick and easy desserts to serve at your july 4th bash. but first, this is "today" on nbc. the kincaids live here. across the street, the padillas. ben and his family live here, too.
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today's kitchen is brought to you by oreo fudge cremes. >> back now with "today's" kitchen step-by-step. if you have a crowd coming today, whip up the patriotic dessert dish they will love and will travel well. here to tell us a few ideas, ann thornton, pastry chef extraordinai extraordinaire. you're starting with one we lov love,s mores. >> how do you pick a dessert that will travel well, won't melt. it's hot today. >> that's what everything is about today, delicious, portable desserts. since most of us are going to cookouts and barbecues, you want it to travel well and taste delicious and look good.
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starting off with smores. we have two packets of graham crackers. throw in some sugar. >> we need more sugar. >> a little pinch of salt. and then, get you going on this, this is so easy. if you don't have a little food processor you can always use a zip top bag and go do town on it and break it up. >> you're making the crust. most of us just put it in the marshmallow straight on. >> yes. >> kindergarten version of it. >> yes. we're going to grow it up a little bit here and add butter and sugar and salt. we're making it taste that much better. throw it in here, if i can get it off. there we go. willie, can i put you on a job? >> please. >> will you stir our chocolate. >> put him to work. >> exactly. i'm sure you can do that well. that's over a double boiler. two sticks of melted butter. pour that in there. you're going for the consistency of wet sand. this is a great thing to bring
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the kids into the kitchen to do. there's no real heat at this point. mix it together. >> you have the foil in the pan and will you bake that? >> exactly right. we have our little pan here. look at you. >> lucky guess. >> yput it right in here. stir it up. kind of like a wet sand. >> are these hershey's kiss snes. >> no, chocolate chips. milk chocolate chips. >> would hershey's kisses work? >> why not? sounds like a great idea. yeah. exactly. then you just take this here and you can use your hands or pat it down. >> how long do you have to bake it? >> 350 for about -- like seven to ten minutes. when it starts to smell like a delicious graham cracker you know you're ready. we baked some earlier. but first i'm going to add a grown-up taste to it. a pinch of smokey chipotle powder group get that camp fire feel. >> what is the best way to melt your chocolate without burning it? i think a lot of people run into
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that problem. >> really good question. most people like to melt it in the microwave and you can do that if you melt half of it and add the solid chips to the other half and mix them together or the double boiler. just water and a heat-proof boil right over that steaming water. >> i have to tell you this is so much more sophisticated than my smores where you jam the marshmall marshmallow, light it on fire. >> safer in new york city. >> important tip. >> travels well. >> travels beautifully. exactly. and the best thing is you can keep some for july 5th. i always store a few in my house for that. three cups of milk chocolate. >> spreading it over? >> spreading it over. >> look at willie. handy in the kitchen. >> who knew, right? get him to work in the green room. >> just don't try to get him to do the dishes. >> omelets, all kinds of stuff. short order cook in the morning. perfect. as soon as he's finished --
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beautiful, great job. and this is really fun. go ahead -- >> oh, yeah. >> put it all over there. >> now, if you save some of the crumbs you can go back over it. i'm being so fancy and delicate. my kitchen it just gets thrown. kind of pressed in. then you can throw some more. sometime reserve half a cup of crumbs, sprinkle them on top. i forgot to do it. if you do forget it, don't worry about it. and then you let it set up in the refrigerator. it gets nice and hard. >> you don't bake it again, put it in the refrigerator. >> yes. >> the reason we have the foil like this, the overhang, is so we can put it right out, in theory, perfect. >> quickly, tell us what else you have made here? >> please. quality control. i have my chocolate chip caramel ice cream sandwiches. cookies. and then we roll them, put vanilla ice cream in between two cookies and pretzels.
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mini cherry pies we made in muffin tins and lemon squares. perfect portable desserts. >> shall we taste these? >> please do. >> amy turned up. >> does somebody want to dare to try the ice cream sandwich? >> i will. >> willie. great. >> of course. >> what are these? >> i'm going to try the cherry pie, i think. >> okay. all american, right? >> how long did it take you to make? how long? >> for this, 15 minutes. >> you you can do it today. >> today. i'm going to go home and make a couple. >> thank you. >> happy 4th of july.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. preparations are under way for the fireworks display at the inner harbor tonight. crews were hard work over the weekend to make this the best fourth of july celebration. at showtime, about 1400 shells will be shot into the air. the display is scheduled to start tonight at 9:30. get details about other displays and events on our website,
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>> now here's a look at the forecast with tony. >> it is going to be a warm and muggy day. no surprise. there is a chance he could see a few showers or thunderstorms develop late this afternoon or evening. most of the day will be dry. for the fireworks display this evening, 40% chance for a shower or thunderstorm. there could be a few delays in a few neighborhoods. most of you will have dry weather. tomorrow will be a nice day. high-temperature about 89 degrees. >> we will see you back here at 9:25.
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